BLOODBATH – Grand Morbid Funeral (CD)
Wow! This is what I said when I first put it on, and heard Bloodbath’s new vocalist Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost), as he sounds as good as the vocalists, which made Dismember, Entombed and Carnage such household names within the nineties Swedish death metal scene. Along with bassist Jonas Renkse and guitarist Blakkheim (Katatonia), and guest appearances by Christ Reifert and Eric Cutler (Autopsy), “Grand Morbid Funeral” is a superb album of 11 tracks of total Swedish influenced death metal of the highest caliber. Their songs have that deep, buzz saw guitar crunch, whiplash causing drum passages along with some seriously nasty growl vocals promising enough to bring you to your knees and beg for more mental cruelty. Bloodbath now have been around for a solid 16 years, and there are no signs of them slowing down on this album, “Grand Morbid Funeral”, their 4th release of pure death metal music hate.
Since Dismember is no longer around, and Entombed do not sound anything like death metal and their past extreme glory, Bloodbath is sure to keep the Swedish Extreme Metal sound alive. I just wish Bloodbath would seriously focus on becoming a fulltime project, as their chances of non-mainstream success has huge potential now, as the Swedish death metal scene is so flat compared to how active it was in the late eighties and early nineties.
You want brutal Scandinavian Death Metal Music; Bloodbath is sure to conduct your “Grand Morbid Funeral” the ancient way. Very fucking awesome, indeed. [Peaceville] Sarjoo Devani